Lucy Vodden, 1963-2009

Lucy, in the skyLucy Vodden, the inspiration behind the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” has died from lupus at the age of 46.

Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”… The elder Lennon seized on the image and developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of “newspaper taxis” and a “girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”

This AP article from June discusses Vodden’s illness and how she and Lennon reconnected when he learned about it.